Title:
Device for Positioning Tracheostomy Tube
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A device for positioning tracheostomy tube includes a tracheostomy tube and a tracheostomy tube protecting membrane. The tracheostomy tube protecting membrane includes a tearing line portion formed at two sides of the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane. The tracheostomy tube protecting membrane is used for mounting in a trachea of a patient to form a positioning path for the tracheostomy tube. The tearing line portion is used for being torn open and removed. The present invention utilizes the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane to be mounted in a trachea of a patient first. The tracheostomy tube protecting membrane can effectively protect the trachea of the patient.



Inventors:
Wu, Ching-yang (Linkou Township, TW)
Liu, Yun-hen (Guishan Shiang, TW)
Ko, Po-jen (Taipei City, TW)
Application Number:
12/508654
Publication Date:
01/27/2011
Filing Date:
07/24/2009
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A61M16/00
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Primary Examiner:
RICHMAN, GLENN E
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KAMRATH & ASSOCIATES P.A. (4825 OLSON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 245, GOLDEN VALLEY, MN, 55422, US)
Claims:
1. A device for positioning a tracheostomy tube, comprising: a tracheostomy tube protecting membrane comprising a tearing line portion formed at two sides of the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane, the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane being used for mounting in a trachea of a patient to form a positioning path for the tracheostomy tube, and the tearing line portion being used for being torn open and removed.

2. The device of claim 1, wherein the tracheostomy tube comprises a tube body and a balloon; the tracheostomy tube has a first end and a second end; and the balloon is mounted on the first end of the tracheostomy tube.

3. The device of claim 1, wherein the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane is a plastic membrane.

4. The device of claim 1, wherein the tracheostomy tube has a first length; the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane has a second length; and the second length is greater than the first length.

5. The device of claim 1, wherein the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane has a third end with a first bore, and a fourth end with a second bore, the first bore being greater than the second bore.

6. The device of claim 1, wherein the device further comprises a connector; the connector is mounted on the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of Invention

The invention relates to a device for positioning tracheostomy tube and more particularly to a device for positioning tracheostomy tube that can effectively protect a trachea of a patient.

2. Description of Related Art

With rapid progress of medical skill, it is able to supply enough oxygen to the patients with respiratory failure by utilizing a respirator (breather) or portable oxygen providing equipment. Before u sing the equipment, to maintain an effective and safe respiratory passage for patients is very important. Thus, it is necessary to operate a tracheotomy surgery and implant the tracheostomy tube for the patients who needs to use auxiliary breathing equipment to support their breathing in long period. However, the method disclosed in the prior art about mounting the tracheostomy tube into the trachea may cause the trachea mucous injury or the bleeding of trachea or fatal innominate artery injury because of inexperienced operator or smaller incision. On the contrary, if widen incision for the operation safety, it may result in subcutaneous emphysema and poor tracheostomy healing.

In present market, there is a tracheostomy tube assembly named Blue-Rhino, it is by utilizing a dilator passing through the skin along with the wire to create a subcutaneous passage and implanting the tracheostomy tube. However, the Blue-Rhino is difficult to operate on the patients with nodular goiter or tracheal deviation. Besides, the cost of Blue-Rhino is not less than the conventional tracheostomy surgery, so it is still unable to replace the tracheostomy surgery with small incision. Therefore, the need to improve the structure of the tracheostomy tube and simplify the surgery procedure in order to prevent the possible complications after surgery still exists.

Referring to FIG. 7, conventional tracheostomy tube typically comprises a tracheostomy tube body 50 and a balloon 60. The tracheostomy tube body 50 includes a first end 51 and a second end 52. The balloon 60 is mounted on the outside surface of the first end 51. However, the balloon 60 of the conventional tracheostomy tube is easily broken when mounting and has to do the implantation again. Besides, when implanting the first end 51 of the conventional tracheostomy tube, it is very easy to injure the trachea of patient. Thus, the need for improvement still exists.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is therefore one object of the invention to provide a device for positioning tracheostomy tube comprises a tracheostomy tube and a tracheostomy tube protecting membrane. The tracheostomy tube protecting membrane comprises a tearing line portion formed at two sides of the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane. The tracheostomy tube protecting membrane is used for mounting in a trachea of a patient to form a positioning path for the tracheostomy tube. The tearing line portion is used for being torn open and removed.

In a first aspect of the invention the tracheostomy tube comprises a tube body and a balloon. The tracheostomy tube has a first end and a second end. The balloon is mounted on the first end of the tracheostomy tube.

In a second aspect of the invention the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane is a plastic thin membrane.

In a third aspect of the invention the tracheostomy tube has a first length. The tracheostomy tube protecting membrane has a second length. The second length is greater than the first length.

In a fourth aspect of the invention the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane comprises a third end and an fourth end; the third end has a first bore; the fourth end has a second bore; the first bore is greater than the second bore.

In a fifth aspect of the invention the device further comprises a connector. The connector is mounted on the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane.

By utilizing the invention, the following advantages are obtained. First, the present invention utilizes the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane to be mounted in a trachea of a patient first. It can effectively avoid the balloon of the tracheostomy tube to break and decrease operation times. The invention can facilitate surgery and greatly increase the surgery success probability. Moreover, the present invention utilizes the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane to be mounted in a trachea of a patient first. The tracheostomy tube protecting membrane can effectively protect the trachea of the patient. It can effectively prevent one end of the tracheostomy tube from injuring the trachea of the patient when the conventional tracheostomy tube is mounted in. In other words, the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane can effectively avoid the trachea injury occur.

The invention will become more obvious from the following description when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an operational view to show a tracheostomy tube protecting membrane mounted in a trachea of a patient in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 2 is an exploded view to show a connector mounted to the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 3 is an operational view to show the connector mounted on the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 4 is another operational view to show the tracheostomy tube mounted to the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 5 is another operational view to show the tracheostomy tube mounted in the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 6 is an operational view to show how to tear open and remove out the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane in accordance with the present invention; and

FIG. 7 is an operational view of conventional tracheostomy tube.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring to FIGS. 1 to 6, a device for positioning tracheostomy tube comprises a tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10 and a tracheostomy tube 20. The tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10 comprises a tearing line portion 11 formed at two sides of the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10. The tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10 is used for mounting in a trachea 31 of a patient 30 to form a positioning path for the tracheostomy tube 20. The tearing line portion 11 is used for being torn open and removed.

Preferably, the tracheostomy tube 20 comprises a tube body 21 and a balloon 22. The tracheostomy tube 20 has a first end 211 and a second end 212. The balloon 22 is mounted on the first end 211 of the tracheostomy tube 20.

Preferably, the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10 is a plastic membrane.

Preferably, the tracheostomy tube 20 has a first length. The tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10 has a second length. The second length is greater than the first length.

Preferably, the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10 comprises a third end and an fourth end; the third end has a first bore; the fourth end has a second bore; the first bore is greater than the second bore.

Preferably, the device further comprises a connector 40. The connector 40 is mounted on the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10.

A tracheostomy tube insertion method in accordance with the invention is illustrated. The method comprises the following steps:

a. Operational procedure in tracheotomy is same as the prior art.

b. First, cut open the trachea 31 of the patient 30. Second, utilize medical instrument to open the trachea 31. Third, implant the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10 into the trachea 31 and operate in naked eyes. Fourth, Sleeve the tracheostomy tube 20 with a blunt inner pipe and insert the tracheostomy tube 20 with a blunt inner pipe along the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10. The method disclosed in the prior art typically utilizes the tracheostomy tube 20 sleeved with a blunt inner pipe mounts into the trachea 31 of the patient 30 while the tracheostomy tube 20 is perpendicular to the trachea 31 and turn the tracheostomy tube 20 at an angle in the trachea 31. In this kind of operation, it may injure the mucous membrane of the trachea 31 and lead to the bleeding of the trachea 31. Besides, if the tracheostomy tube 20 isn't mounted in the trachea 31 well, it may also result in innominate artery injury. In comparision, the present invention provides the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10 to protect the trachea 31 of the patient 30 effectively.

c. After finishing mounting steps, tear open the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10 along the tearing line portion 11 into two pieces.

d. Fix the tracheostomy tube 20 in the trachea 31 of the patient 30.

If the patient 30 is in poor oxygenation condition during the tracheostomy, the present invention utilizes the connector 40 to mount on the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10 for supplying enough oxygen to the patient 30. When the patient 30 is in normal oxygenation condition, remove the connector 40. Then, mount the tracheostomy tube 20 in the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10 to finish the surgery. When the connector 40 is mounted on the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane 10, the connector 40 can be connected to a snake-shaped pipe of a respirator to supply oxygen. Therefore, the connector 40 can be used for supplying oxygen to the patient 30 in an emergency when the patient 30 is in poor oxygenation condition.

By utilizing the invention, the following advantages are obtained. First, the present invention utilizes the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane to be mounted in a trachea of a patient first. It can effectively avoid the balloon of the tracheostomy tube to break and decrease operation times. The invention can facilitate surgery and greatly increase the surgery success probability. Moreover, the present invention utilizes the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane to be mounted in a trachea of a patient first. The tracheostomy tube protecting membrane can effectively protect the trachea of the patient. It can effectively prevent one end of the tracheostomy tube from injuring the trachea of the patient when the conventional tracheostomy tube is mounted in. In other words, the tracheostomy tube protecting membrane can effectively avoid the trachea injury occur.

While the invention herein disclosed has been described by means of specific embodiments, numerous modifications and variations could be made thereto by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention set forth in the claims.